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Radio Solent launches extra weekend show for Dorset

Harry Crawford

Big Dorset Brunch starts Saturday 25 July, 8.00-11.00am

If it's happening around Dorchester and Weymouth it will be on the Big Dorset Brunch – that's the message from BBC Radio Solent as it launches a new weekend radio programme for listeners in south-west Dorset.

The new show, called the Big Dorset Brunch, will be broadcast on Saturday mornings, from 25 July 2009, and will be available on the BBC iPlayer at

It will be presented by Radio Solent's Dorset reporter Harry Crawford, who is originally from Dorchester, and will provide a new platform for events, community groups and topical discussions, all focused on the Weymouth and Dorchester area.

Talking about the new programme Harry said: "This is a great opportunity to celebrate an area that I know and love. I can't wait to get started.

"We really want people in the area to get in touch and let us know what's going on down their way – their contributions will help make the Big Dorset Brunch a success."

Following consultation with the Dorset Broadcasting Action Group, Radio Solent's general news bulletins are being extended to incorporate news from south-west Dorset, replacing the current split bulletin arrangement experienced by listeners around Weymouth and Dorchester.

Solent's Managing Editor Chris Carnegy added: "It's our ambition to provide the most comprehensive local service of news and information that we possibly can.

"With a team and a studio in Dorchester, and an FM signal specially beamed across the Weymouth and Dorchester area, we have the perfect opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to hearing a rich mix of topics and voices from a very special part of Dorset."

The Big Dorset Brunch will be broadcast on BBC Radio Solent, 103.8 FM, Saturdays, 8.00-11.00am.

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